CORALVILLE – A crowded and intriguing field has formed for the Coralville city election this fall.
Eight people are running for City Council, where three seats are available. There are four candidates for mayor. The deadline to file for the Nov. 5 election was Thursday.
The mayoral race in particular should be interesting, and not only because the town will have a new mayor for the first time in 18 years with incumbent Jim Fausett not seeking re-election.
The other two running for mayor are City Council member John Lundell, who has the support of Fausett, and David Kimm Fesler, who ran for a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors last year and whose father was Coralville's mayor in the 1960s.
Fesler, 62, of 1524 Forest Rd., filed Wednesday (The Gazette has previously profiled all the other candidates but Jean Newlin Schnake). He believes his background in law enforcement and the business world would serve the city well.
He also voiced support for the city’s redevelopment of the Iowa River Landing District and its use of tax increment financing, both of which have attracted criticism from some people.
‘”We wouldn’t have what we have today if Coralville hadn’t done what it did,” he said.
Schnake, 63, of 30 Redtail Bend No. 10, was on the City Council for 12 years until she was defeated in 2007 by a dozen votes. She said in an interview Friday that she wants to put the good of the community ahead of individual agendas and politics.
“Talk things out, and in the end come to consensus and agreement on it as a group," she said.
Schnake, an administrative manager and corporate officer at United Life Insurance Co. in Cedar Rapids, said her past experience and her perspective would be good on the City Council.
City Council members serve four-year terms. The mayor’s term is two years.